The U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association is a
Not-for-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) "Public Charity".
Good News for the
The word is out that a majority of residents plan to do most of their holiday shopping locally.
That's good news as it will make a
difference to local economies along the Grand Old Highway.
And we hope to see it repeated every year.
Russell J. Lombard, President and CEO
Working to save our American Heritage through Cultural Preservation.
Welcome Roger C. Bratt - Director of
Meet Kim Koyle who has recently been appointed as our
Kim has a passion for preserving our American Heritage.
Her goal is to assist communities in making their dreams
Kim - Roundup time at the Ranch!
Meet Nancy Bloom in her 1956 Thunderbird - Nancy and her husband John will took part in the Historic Route 6 Cruise on the weekend of October 6-7th 2012. Soon we'll have a 2013 Historic Route 6 Cruise picture.
For information about the 2013 Cruise visit;
Meet Wellfleet, the Mascot of the
Wellfleet is holding a 1959 Chevron Western States map as he tries to pose at the historical west termination point of U.S. Route 6 in Long Beach, California.
Join the adventure of exploring the old roads!
John Buchanan departed yesterday August 19, 2013 on U.S. 20 from Boston's Kenmore Square to travel across the U.S. to Newport, OR. Then, south via the Pacific Coast Highway to Long Beach, CA and then, east on U.S. Route 6 to Provincetown, MA.
Follow the Signs!
(Iowa City, Iowa - Summer 2013)
Group wants to mark historical Route 6 through Johnson County, Iowa
Rex Brandsatter, Program Coordinator
(April 22, 2013)
UTAH - GOOD NEWS!
A special "Thank You" to Malerie Yolen-Cohen for the following video:
Radio Interview with David W. Darby,
Executive Director of the
Radio Interview with David W. Darby, Executive Director of the
KJAN Radio - Atlantic, Iowa
KJAN Radio - Atlantic, Iowa
Picture of the Month
Picture by Martin Grahl - Sept. 2013
Meet (Left to Right) Bailey Phares, Andi Bagley,
Karla Pina and Samantha Perscell.
Picture by Paul Kuhlman, Member - Summer of 2013
Item of Interest: The Pleasant Hill Diner may not be located in an Historic Route 6 town, but it is definitely a place to visit if you love the 1950s. It is located about two miles south of the historic Route 6 alignment in Pleasant Hill, Iowa.
Note: Many of our members don't even live in a Route 6 state, but simply enjoy the adventure of exploring the old roads.
Meet Salty the Seahorse
Sign - East End in Provincetown, Massachusetts
Now, what we need is a "Picture of the Month" of a similar sign located at the West end in Long Beach, California. This would be a definite plus for tourism. Hundreds of people each year stop at the above sign for a photo-op before starting their cross-county adventure on America's oldest and longest contiguous highway.
"Join the Team"
Picture and related story as printed in
Check this out!
(Note our Association logo on the
sides of the cars.)
Iowa U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association
Check this out!
(Note our Association logo on the sides of the cars.)
Iowa U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association
Pearsonville is a small Route 6 community of 17 people located in the upper Mojave Desert of California. The 30 Ft. tall Lady is aka the Uniroyal Gal is just one of those unique roadside attractions that take you down Memory Lane. She overlooks the Historic U.S. 6 alignment currently called Sterling Road.
Item of Interest
(February 1936 - Santa Clarita, CA - Archives)
More movies have been filmed on or along U.S. 6 than any other highway in America. The above was filmed along what is now known as the Sierra Highway just north of the City of Santa Clarita, California. However, the City of Santa Clarita did not exist at the time. The area in 1936 was known as Saugus - Newhall.
Questions? Email: RussUSRoute6@aol.com
You'll Love New York!
We welcome Matt Hereford as the Executive Director of the New York U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association. Matt is also an Officer with the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and oversees the Grand Army of the Republic “Memorial” Highway in the State of New York.
Matt is definitely Route 6 to the core and loves exploring the old roads. ….”I can't remember a time when history and research were not a part of my life.”
Should you have any questions or desire additional information
about the New York Association you can email Matt at:
For the past few years Don Doucette has been our official Agent and Ambassador at Large in Massachusetts. Through his efforts he has established Historic U.S. 6 Route signage at the East end of the Grand Old Highway in Provincetown.
Welcome to Colorado!!
“The Land of Adventure”
Meet Kenneth Oltjenbruns. Ken was our past Administrative
Assistant and is now our Executive Director of the Colorado U.S. Route 6
Ken is actually exchanging positions with Mary Tomky who served as the Executive Director since 2004. We all appreciate Mary’s hard work and dedication. Mary, thank you!
Ken will be overseeing a number of programs and projects and would like to invite individuals, businesses, counties, cities, small towns and rural communities to become members so they can participate in the decision making process. This also includes high school and college students who have an interest in history and in the future economic development of their community. Students will have the opportunity to participate in our Student Internship Program.
Besides working on economic development and cultural preservation projects, Ken will be working closely with Rachel Carey our Executive Producer – Director of Route 6 Productions in the making of a documentary movie about the Grand Old Highway.
For more information visit the Colorado Association web page at http://route6tour.com/Route6colorado.htm
Colorado Map and Directory web page http://route6tour.com/colorado.htm
Questions? Email: Colorado@route6tour.com
Welcome Marcia L. Kuiper our Executive Director for the Nebraska U.S.Route 6 Tourist Association.
Nebraska's U.S. Route 6 runs 373.07 miles from the City of Omaha to the Colorado state line. The historic alignment was established in 1931.
Along it are three beautiful large cities, Omaha, Lincoln the State Capitol and Hastings.
The easterly portion of the state there is considerable urban growth in and round the smaller Cities of Gretna and Ashland, which are located along the 6 between Omaha and Lincoln. Further west are the smaller rural communities; many of which are challenged with decreasing population and the need to establish economic opportunities in order to survive.
Cultural Preservation and Economic Development together play a major role in preserving our American Heritage in the great State of Nebraska. All the Communities, large and small are part of a network working toward this common goal. To succeed, I believe it is important to include young people in this team effort.
If you have any questions you can email Marcia at:
Nebraska Association Web Page:
Nebraska Association Directory Page:
Iowa joins the Network of 14 U.S.
Route 6 States
Meet David W. Darby, Executive Director of the Iowa U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association. David is a native of Iowa and was raised along the Grand Old Highway. He has a professional background in writing and photography. He is now in the process of completing a book on the history of Iowa’s Historic U.S. Route 6.
Learn about Preserving our American Heritage
Michele M. Heitzmann
If your business, organization or school is looking for that special Keynote Speaker give us a call.
Michele is Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of the National U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association.
She will address the Association's current and proposed economic development (tourism) and
cultural preservation (American's small towns) programs.
Learn about proposed projects which include audio-visual productions, an Internet Route 6 travel guide,
regional museums and visitor centers and Historic US 6 signage across the nation.
As part of our educational program, Michele will stress the importance of including
Sr. High School and College student interns in the development of the Association.
Learn about the history of the Grand Old Highway. Remember the old diners where you could
stop for a home cooked meal? How about The Burma Shave Phenomenon
Her talks are educational, informative and fun.
The U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association is a Not-for-profit IRS 501 (c) (3)
Welcome to Connecticut
Joe Hurley, Executive Director
Joe Hurley would appreciate the opportunity to meet and talk with car clubs, business and elected community leaders about the future of the Grand Old Highway. The big question being, how can we preserve our American Heritage and at the same time address economic development along the historic alignment?
You can contact Mr. Hurley by emailing him at; firstname.lastname@example.org
What's New California!!
Welcome Fred M. Hann to the team. Fred is now the Executive Director of the California U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association.
Mr. Hann is a past two term Mayor of the City of Lancaster. He is retired from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and is currently working part-time as a fire safety consultant with the movie industry.
Fred is definitely Route 6 to the core. He enjoys history and driving the back roads.
goals are to create community involvement in establishing a Route 6
economic development and cultural preservation plan for the cities
and towns located along the Grand Old Highway in California.
If you are interested in learning more about the California Association, or how you can become a member or student intern, you can contact Fred Hann at: email@example.com
When we started in October, 2000, the high school students were looking for music to go with the web site.
The player above requires Flash Player, we also have a link to the source MP3 file of Long Lonesome Highway by Jim Hendricks